The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.
1. Flagler Beach not giving up on Sea Ray challenge
Flagler County, Fla., voted last week to rezone Sea Ray’s property there to allow an expanded parking lot.
Now, the city commission of Flagler Beach, Fla., has asked its attorney to find out if the city has legal standing to challenge the move. Flagler Beach residents and officials have voiced their opposition to the rezoning, but the Sea Ray plant is not within the city limits.
2. Official: Miami parking logistics will be “pretty heavy lift”
A plan to handle increased parking needs for the Miami International Boat Show and other concurrent events is nearly done, according to Art Noriega, CEO of the Miami Parking Authority. http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/07/21/fyi-miami-july-23-2015/
The logistics of the events will be “a pretty heavy lift,” Noriega said, noting that some challenges are to be expected as it is the first year that the show will be at its new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin.
3. NMMA: Powerboat shipments up 4.6 percent
Wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats were up 4.6 percent year-over-year through May for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers (representing 68 percent of the market), the association reported.
Personal watercraft shipments were up 27.6 percent year-over-year through May.
4. Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund reported out of Senate committee
The Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation reported the Sport Fish Restoration & Recreational Boating Safety Act (S. 834) out of committee last week, Examiner.com reported.
The bill would continue the fund through FY 23.
5. Groups giving out oil spill kits in Washington
In an effort to reduce pollution in Puget Sound, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas will be distributing oil spill kits during free vessel examinations.
During the last 10 years, more than 19,000 gallons of pollution has been spilled into Puget Sound, 75 percent of which came from recreational boaters and commercial fishing vessels, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.